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09:00 AM
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09:15 AM
#MeToo – Moving Beyond the Hashtag and Enlisting Men to Become Ambassadors for Change

Rarely do we see inclusion strategies that stress the need to include, listen to, and work with the dominant group — the one that is seeing its preeminence questioned. However, that is where leadership is most needed: in helping today’s dominant group embrace tomorrow’s reality. While it goes without question that women and minorities in positions of power must help others to move the needle, a better approach may be to engage everyone in bringing about change. When it comes to women’s advancement, men matter. 

This panel will explore:

  • Identifying Male Allies
  • Developing an engagement strategy
  • How you can self-advocate in order to get buy-in from others
  • What law firms and corporations can do to help
  • Tips and success stories from the panelists








10:00 AM
NETWORKING BREAK
10:15 AM
A Country in Crisis: How the Pandemic Has Exacerbated Economic Disparities in America

We are in the midst of a pandemic and it will be a long recovery from COVID-19. Among the many issues is the reality that companies will continue to cut pay and lay more people off. Studies show that the choices they make will have a disparately negative impact on attorneys of color and women. This has far reaching consequences that go beyond the workplace. Access to good work is one thing, but the problem goes much deeper. Access to healthcare, and other vital resources, has long been in an issue. As recent events in Minneapolis and around the globe have demonstrated, we’ve reached a tipping point. 

This panel will explore:

  • How this pandemic has contributed to uncovering the disparity between marginalized and privileged groups
  • How to make this an opportunity to have some difficult but necessary conversations
  • Why it is important to double down on diversity and inclusion efforts, emphasizing a commitment to those values
  • How leadership in both law firms and companies can create a sense of community and belonging and why it is especially important during times of crisis








11:00 AM
NETWORKING BREAK
11:15 AM
The Time for Change is Now: Developing & Promoting Leaders of Color

Leaders of color are resolute in their determination to get ahead. Why then do so few make it to the top in Big Law or major corporations? The numbers are abysmal with 2.81 percent in equity partnership positions and 3.9 percent in the C-suite. Due to ongoing events since the spring of 2020, public outcry for change is at an all-time high. And while diversity and inclusion initiatives are becoming more commonplace in both law firms and corporate America, progress is slow.

This panel will explore:

  • The challenges that minority leaders face in the legal profession
  • Why law firms and other employers should care about retaining and advancing people of color
  • Performative vs. Sustainable change
  • Affinity groups and other resources
  • Success stories - Advice for young attorneys of color










12:00 PM
NETWORKING BREAK
12:15 PM
Sponsorship, Mentorship & Creating a More Inclusive Culture in the Workplace

To create a rewarding legal career, one must seek out challenging and visible professional opportunities: getting on the right case, satisfying the important client, winning the big settlement. For women and minorities, however, finding these opportunities often isn’t enough; effective sponsors and influencers are needed to help seize them.

Behind closed doors, who is vouching for you and pushing your name forward for the opportunities you want? What can you do to strategically foster sponsors and influencers?

This panel will explore:

  • The importance of women and minorities in law
  • Differentiating sponsors from influencers
  • Redefining the “old boys network” in the legal profession
  • Identifying current and potential sponsors












01:00 PM
NETWORKING BREAK
01:15 PM
From Recruitment to Retention: Attracting and Keeping Diverse Talent

According to McKinsey & Company, the Harvard Business Review and other highly respected institutions, organizations that commit themselves to diversity are more successful and more profitable. However, this means much more than just checking off boxes. True commitment means creating a culture of inclusion that goes beyond a diverse workforce.  

This panel will explore:

  • Recruitment and hiring strategies designed to counteract unconscious bias.
  • What steps law firms can take to retain diverse talent
  • How In-House counsel can have a direct impact by fostering an inclusive culture within their departments and committing to hiring law firms that employ and promote diversity and inclusion.
  • What we as individuals can do to uplift women and minorities thereby creating equity in the workplace?












02:00 PM
NETWORKING BREAK
02:15 PM
Redefining Success in the Age of COVID-19: The Bridge to the New Normal

Women often do not apply for a job or a promotion if they don’t check every box, whereas men regularly seek jobs for which they are only partially qualified. The challenge can be even more daunting when considering a dream job or career choice that is not part of the normal trajectory. While the virus has pushed us out of our comfort zones, it has also presented a unique opportunity to explore our options. Pursuing these options (whether it be a raise, a promotion or a nontraditional path) requires the confidence courage to see your own potential in order to go after what is important to you.

 This panel will explore:

  • Letting go of the past and finding new ways of adapting to the changes ahead
  • Getting clear with what you really want and making the current climate work for you
  • The ASK: Asking for what you want and knowing why you deserve
  • The role of sponsors, mentors and allies in getting us closer to our goals
  • How best to advocate for ourselves and others






03:00 PM
CLOSING REMARKS, NETWORKING & RAFFLE